The Rest Is History

Nobel Prize winners, Vikings, and Parthenon fragments.

By Apoorva Tadepalli

Friday, March 10, 2023

Lady Essex as Juliet, c. 1810. Smithsonian American Art Museum, bequest of Harriet Lane Johnston.

• Revisiting Ernst Jünger, “a ‘seismograph’ of the twentieth century,” who believed in the “secret of artist survivors who could weather all manner of decaying regimes: be a little of the fool of history, and not too much of the honest man.” (Harper’s)

• An interview with writer Benjamín Labatut: “We’re so immersed in and invaded by the present. We have to resist that. Think of other times, other ways of being human.” (Public Books)

• “A Brief History of All the Women Who Have Won the Nobel Prize.” (Literary Hub)

• Tracing the history of Shakespeare’s Juliet on stage. (JSTOR Daily)

• “If there were actual fascists running around, you wouldn’t go around calling everyone fascist.” A century of a term that’s “more evaluative than factual.” (The New Republic)

• The feminist history of modern art. (Hyperallergic)

• The life and times of the Vikings. (LiveScience)

• Found: skeletons of Bronze Age horseback riders. (

• Returned: 2,500-year-old Parthenon fragments of “a horse, a bearded man, and a boy.” (The Art Newspaper)

• This week in obituaries: Rafael Viñoly, Ian Falconer, Gary Rossington, Topol, Ans Westra, Bert I. Gordon, Judy Heumann, Tom Sizemore, Georgina Beyer, David Lindley, Duong Tuong, David Lance Goines, Lou Stovall, Barbara Bryant, Wally Fawkes, Theodore Kanamine, Peterson Zah, Tish Naghise, Joe Zucchero, Bobby Goodman, Greta Andersen, and Irma Serrano.